Water is the most wasted resource on earth. The misconception about the availability of water is due to our lack of knowledge about water conservation. Not knowing these facts has enabled water deficiency to nearly double over the past 10 years. To solve these problems, here are four ways to save money and water in your home.
- Fix that Leaky Faucet
If only one faucet in your home is leaking, it can drip 1,440 times per day, losing almost 34 gallons in a year. To put this water loss into better perspective, 34 gallons of water can supply a small village in Africa for a day, supply a family of three almost a week, or serve 544 cups of water.
- Know How Much Water You Are Actually Using
There is a water footprint calculator that shows you how much water you use per day. This viewpoint is eye-opening for first-time water conservers to see the amount wasted in an average household. The water footprint calculator will pinpoint the machine in your house that uses the most water. One small fix can facilitate water efficiency and limit your monthly water bills.
- Gardening Tips
Check the placement of your sprinklers to ensure they are watering your lawn and not the street. It is also a good idea to know the best time to water your lawn. It’s best to water in the morning or the evening to prevent water evaporation. And in the dead of summer, water can burn plants and grass in your yard during the heat of the day.
- Check for Leaks
The normal household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. The Ark Labs has created a product that is easy to install that will monitor your water usage to prevent this water damage. The device will build up a memory and know when your household exceeds normal usage; it also will notify your smart phone through an app that gives the user an option to turn off their water.
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